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The Winter Haven Super Sox were one of the eight original franchises that began play in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The club featured future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins as part of its pitching staff. In the league's inaugural season, the Super Sox struggled and went through several managerial changes. Player/manager Bill Lee was replaced after just seven games by Ed Nottle, who was in turn replaced by Leon Roberts. Cecil Cooper retired after just 16 games with the club. The club finished in last place in the Northern Division and did not make the playoffs. Despite the team's poor performance, pitcher Bill Campbell led the league with a 2.12 ERA. After their first season, the Winter Haven Super Sox ceased operations.


Home Ballpark: Chain of Lakes Park

Attendance 19,033 (36 games) Average 529

Managers: Bill Lee (1-6; player/manager), Ed Nottle (16-17), Leon Roberts (12-20; player/manager)

Coaches: Dalton Jones, Doug Griffin

1989 Opening Day Roster:

PITCHERS: Jim Bibby, Mark Bomback, Pedro Borbon, Darrell Brandon, Bill Campbell, Mike Cuellar, Ferguson Jenkins, John LaRose, Bill Lee, Jim Willoughby, Rick Wise

CATCHERS: Gary Allenson, Doug Simunic

INFIELDERS: Cecil Cooper, Mario Guerrero, Butch Hobson, Dalton Jones, Tommy McMillan, Joe Pittman

OUTFIELDERS: Al Bumbry, Bernie Carbo, Pete LaCock, Gene Richards, Leon Roberts

DISABLED LIST: Julio Soto, Scipio Spinks

Other Players: Matt Alexander, Ron Dunn, Ben Oglivie, Tony Scott

[edit] 1989-1990 Stats (Incomplete)

Hitting Stats
Player POS AVG HR RBI SB
Gary Allenson C .340 0 16 0
Al Bumbry OF .340 4 39 4
Bernie Carbo DH .263 0 17 0
Cecil Cooper 1B .407 3 15  ?
Butch Hobson 3B .223 2 16 1
Pete LaCock 1B .319 4 35 2
Tommy McMillan SS .220 0 8 2
Joe Pittman 2B .337 0 39 3
Gene Richards OF .326 4 25 11
Leon Roberts OF .290 8 44 4
Tony Scott OF .360 3 24 0
Doug Simunic C .230 1 12 0


Pitching Stats
Pitcher W L ERA SV
Jim Bibby 2 4 4.12 0
Pedro Borbon 1 8 4.06 4
Bill Campbell 6 2 2.12 5
Fergie Jenkins 7 6 5.55 0
Bill Lee 3 9 4.96 3
Rick Wise 0 2 6.20 0
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